I am becoming more and more convinced that we all need to recognize the importance that modeling is for not only raising up a new generation of Jesus followers, but also to make the current generation stronger. Modeling, I am beginning to understand, cuts across all age barriers and, that as long as we live, we will need to have someone that we watch for inspiration, encouragement and growth in life lessons, and we need to be intentional about who we are mentoring and discipling. It goes both ways.
In Luke 11:1, we find that Jesus is praying. Luke has an emphasis on Jesus praying. The text says that “when he finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.'” A point easily overlooked is that this disciple was watching Jesus pray. He probably had watched him a number of times. We are not told that Jesus’ prayer was audible, but no doubt there was something in the body language, the posture, the devotion, the passion that was attractive to the disciple.
The only occurrence of a disciple asking Jesus to teach them something is this one…”Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus’ words and actions taught the disciples what it means to follow him.
And so our words and actions show others what it means to follow Jesus as we point them to Jesus (not us).
Two simple questions: Who are you mentoring in following Jesus? Who is mentoring you?